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to help put more play in your day. >> president obama had a working lunch with hamid karzai after a meeting -- nbc white house correspondent kristen welker joins us now with the details of the meeting. kristen, tell us the latest. >> good afternoon, alex. the key topic of conversation here this afternoon at the white house is that timeline for troop withdraw. i can tell you that we don't expect president obama to announce actual numbers when he addresses the nation during a joint news conference a little bit later on this afternoon along with afghan president hamid karzai, but the question is how many troops will remain after 2014? for the very first time this week the white house signalled that the president was open to having a zero troop presence in afghanistan after 2014. a lot of people wondering if they're just saying that as a bargaining chip or if the president is actually considering that. some commanders have suggested that the troops remain at a level of 6,000 to 15,000. right now there are 66,000 troops in afghanistan. either way, alex, it appears as though the white h
report. >> plus, afghan president hamid karzai sits down with a top white house official. >> while rg iii recovers from surgery in florida, there is a lot to talk about with his future. talking to the sports junkies after the break.  >>> the nhl is one stone closer to a new labor deal. the board of governors ratified the tentative agreement reached on sunday. now, just the players have to take a final vote to make the deal official. that vote is expected to be finance issued by tomorrow or saturday. the caps are holding another informal skate at 10:00 a.m. this morning. there you go. hockey is another stone closer to being back and hopefully we can get the caps in the playoffs and get them moving along in the playoffs. who knows what will happen after that. i'm talking playoffs and we haven't even started the season. >> we're so hungry for playoffs. >> your forecast looking great. that will be a winner the next couple of days. spring-like temperatures this weekend. it will be about 50 or so for daytime highs. 44 in the city. 30s generally if you are west and north of the ci
at the white house and then finally hamid karzai comes. they'll be talking afghanistan friday. >> her spokesperson said she was raring to go, so i suppose full speed ahead. jill dougherty, li live at the e house. >>> all of this candidate stuff will be overshadowed today by the redskins and what happened last night. the nfl season ended badly for the washington redskins. that is the understatement of the century. their playoff loss to seattle, not even the worst of it. what happened? well, the redskins, 14 points, they scored 24 straight points to beat the redskins. 27 yard run for marchand lynch. the really bad news, i'm talking the awful, epochically tragic news. you're seeing it here, rg 3, the superstar rookie quarterback for the redskins re-injured his knee in the game. no one even touched him. there's no word on the extent of the injury. clearly not pretty. you heard it again in the first quarter. a lot of people asking why coach mike shanahan did not pull him out in the first quarter. he was completely ineffective after he started limping. so many questions today. oh, yeah, by
here about corruption and afghanistan, questions whether hamid karzai is a reliable partner and from afghanistan they've been concerned about the civilian casualties after u.s. operations so that sort of sets the scene for this relationship, but at the top of the list, what everyone is focused on is the timetable for u.s. troop withdrawals from afghanistan, as you know, that drawdown supposed to take place in 2014, and there's been some talk here in washington floated about that that number could go down to zero, which concerns some, even over at the pentagon defense secretary panetta saying that that would be a bad idea, but what most likely will be is a few thousand troops on the ground and certainly this is driven by pressure on the president to whether it's political on financial pressure to aggressively draw down troops underground in afghanistan. no doubt that will be part of the discussion today and also as our pentagon folks have been reporting president karzai will be coming to these meetings with a wish list. he needs helicopters. he wants border security surveillance equip
, hamid karzai having lunch with president obama this hour. the two leaders hold a news conference in the next hour. president karzai's visit will help determine how many u.s. troops will remain in afghanistan after the drawdown in 2014. chris lawrence joins us. the white house floated the idea of a zero option, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u
hillary clinton is scheduled to meet today with the president of afghanistan hamid karzai, they're expected to discuss peace talks with the taliban and future u.s. troops before karzai sits down with the president on friday. >>> a disturbing story out of russia, what was supposed to be an enjoyable adventure took a tragic turn, as a giant inflatable zorb ball with two men inside veered off course, one man was killed and the other is in serious condition. >>> off the coast of australia, a man lost control of his boat, fell out and was swimming around nearby while the boat was spinning in circle. a police craft was finally able to rescue the boater and he is reportedly doing well. >>> and the huge doomsday asteroid made a fly-by of the u.s. last night, it's more than 1,000 feet wide and could actually hit the earth in the year 2036. >>> now for a look at wall street, the dow opened the day at 13,390 after gaining 61 points on wednesday. overseas the nikkei rose 74. >>> earnings optimism returned to the street wednesday. today, we'll see how investors react to the latest data. holi
meets with the afghan president hamid karzai. the white house looks at the connection between video game and gun violence as battle lines form in the looming fight over gun control. >>> and a new report on the flu. we now have a clearer picture of where this epidemic stands. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." it's the longest war in u.s. history and now we're learninging new details about how president obama intends to end it for the united states. after meeting with hamid karzai at the white house, the president said the u.s. will probably be able to speed up, to accelerate plan troop withdraws. some americans will remain, presumably, their role, though, potentially becoming clearer. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us. breakdown for us what came out of this meeting. >> reporter: wolf approximate, the main headline is afghan forces taking over control from u.s. forces and that was from president obama and president karzai, that is set to take place in the spring which is a slight acceleration. the other thing we heard from president karzai was that
. if it helps to put pressure on hamid karzai and other afghan officials as well as regional powers to let them know that we could be gone and they need to fix this problem and fix the problem in their region, then great. >> bing west, do you think it could be what she said, an effort to put pressure on president karzai? >> well, i hope so and i like the way celeste framed it but president karzai is so erratic that you don't know how he is going to react to anything so i prefer that we not do those things in public because he is really not that reliable. he is a little bit nutty himself. >> well, we appreciate you both talking with us. we know president karzai will be meeting with president obama on friday. bing west, celeste ward gventer, thank you. >> thank you so much, judy. >> thank you. >> brown: next, a science and medical story involving research from the frontiers of robotics. ray suarez looks at how doctors are using high tech toys to help people with special needs. >> what's your favorite game? >> "mario cart," the original. >> reporter: in a carefully monitored session that seems mor
right now with afghan president hamid karzai. we just saw the president karzai getting into the white house. he walked in just moments ago where he'll be discussing the future of the u.s. role in afghanistan. u.s. commanders there have proposed keeping anywhere from 6 to 15,000 u.s. troops in the country after 2014 to go after terrorists and train afghan forces. but just this week the white house said the president is open to pulling out all u.s. troops. joining me now is the former ambassador to iraq, christopher hill, also former assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs. good to see you, good morning. >> good morning. >> give us a sense of what is likely happening in that room. what's the conversation like and what do you see potentially coming out of this meeting today between these two leaders? >> first of all, i think the president will warmly receive him. he'll certainly do a lot of listening. i've seen our president in many of these circumstances where he asks the visitor how things are going. he will touch upon some of the real problems that clearly afgh
with hamid karzai. he will go over later this week. they want to pull troops out of afghanistan by 2014 s. karzai has not said how many troops he would like to stay. >> a situation has gone from bad to worse. al huge number of flu cases springing up. they are straining emergency rooms all over. boston has declared a you be public health emergency after 18 deaths there. we are live at massachusetts general hospital. good morning, katherine. what can you tell us about the situation being so bad there? >> good morning. public health officials in the city of boston said they have a flu emergency on their hands. this is the worst flu season they have seen since 2009. it is something they are taking very seriously. they did declare the public health emergency on wednesday. so farther saying here in the city of boston alone there have been 700 confirmed cases of the flu. that is up from 70 confirmed cases of the flu from all of the season. there have been 18 deaths statewide. four among boston seniors. very serious situation indeed. the best thing everybody can do in the state is get a flu vacci
president hamid karzai. they'll meet in washington to discuss u.s. troop levels in the afghan army. a key issue -- how many u.s. troops will remain in afghanistan after 2014. >>> a grim search resumes this morning for two new jersey teenagers who fell through the ice on a frozen lake. the lake is located about 50 miles northwest of new york city. the boys were walking on the lake last night about 200 yards from shore when they fell in. two residents heard calls for help, got into a boat and tried to reach the teenagers but were not successful. >>> overseas, five americans were among the victims of a helicopter crash in peru. the twin motor copter crashed monday in the amazon jungle. it was owned by a u.s. company. there were seven people on board. a peruvian official said all were killed. it's reported that some of the victims worked for an oil exploration firm. >>> for the first time prosecutors are unveiling evidence against alleged colorado theater gunman james holmes. a preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to put holmes on trial resumes
, today president obama is scheduled to meet with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house. the two men are expected to focus on what role the u.s. will have in afghanistan after its troop withdrawal in 2014. last night the afghan president sat down for dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton and secretary panetta. earlier, panetta spoke optimistically about the u.s. entering its final chapter of the war. >> we have poured a lot of blood and treasure in this war over the last ten years. the fact is that we have also made a lot of progress as a result of the sacrifices that have been made. and we're not going to walk backward from what's been accomplished. >> the stronger position we take in showing that we are going to continue to complete this mission, the better the chances we have to ultimately achieve political reconciliation. >> during a photo op with senate minority leader mitch mcconnell yesterday, president karzai declined to answer about troops in his country after 2014. >> what kind of forces would you like to see left in your country are i? >> thank you, e
president hamid karzai right now focusing on u.s.-afghan relations and troop levels. rich edson at the white house with the very latest. rich? >> well, ashley that is the real question in this relationship. after jean-rene fourtou when the nato -- after 2014 will there be any legal protection with the wind down in troops. president obama announcing a change in mission. take a listen. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission training advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be a historic moment. >> president obama says we can expect the next drawdown announcement in the next few months. also at the white house starting really in less than 15, 20 minutes or so, vice president joe biden meeting with videogame executives. this is part of a lengthy series, going on for a week. vice president joe biden leading a coalition on gun violence. he will write a report or offer a report to the president. he will deliver it on tuesday. we have a head's up on which videogame companies will be here it includes a number of them. activision, electronic arts, epic games, software rati
you think about that? >> well i think that is a losing proposition for hamid karzai. it's a losing proposition for is too. look, this legal question of immunity may sound kind of abstract and technical but it's absolutely critical. the united states is not going to put its armed forces or its diplomats or its contractors under afghan law. they are representing sovereign american interests and our law controls. that's a point we have insisted on around the world for years. now this is a bargaining position by hamid karzai. tough negotiation can handle it but it is not something we should give in on. jenna: we didn't get that immunity from the iraqi government and we did withdraw all of our troops out of that country. do you think there's a real possibility that that could be the case in afghanistan? that we do not find common ground here? >> look, i think this is an excuse and think the obama administration which wanted to find a way not to keep our troops in iraq, wants to find a way not to keep our troops in afghanistan. i think this is a guaranty for a taliban takeover, resurgenc
, general, hamid karzai is meeting with the secretary of state and defense. is this a man we can really trust? >> well, i think you need to put president karzai in context. in my book, i think i give a unique view. they don't have political parties in afghanistan. he's been -- he's had his life attacked or attempts on his life three times and operates in a very difficult political environment and has an insurgency going. so i think if you put all of those factors in play, suddenly you get a better measure of the kind of what he has facing him. i'm not saying that president karzai is a perfect leader. but what i'm saying is we should try to understand that context and i think it can allow us to deal better with a leader like him? >> in your book you write this about the afghan president. hamid karzai was a man of strong emotions and loyalties rubbed raw sometimes to cynicism by long years and slowed to trust but chited to relationships. you spent a lot of travel time with him. bottom line, is he doing what he needs to do? >> well, i'm not on the ground to junl the current activities but
withdrawal as he did in iraq back in 2011. afghan president hamid karzai is scheduled to meet with president obama on friday at the white house. >>> and "the seattle times," boeing is investigating problems with its 787 dreamliner after back-to-back days of mishaps. jed one of the jets spilled about 40 gallons of fuel at logan airport. the day before an exploded battery sparked an electrical fire on board a different dre dreamliner plane also at logan airport. >>> the tsa has implemented a new program that selects passengers based on their behavior and allows them to use a special lane to get through screenings more rapidly. the system builds on the precheck program which allows passengers deemed low risk to go through security without taking off shoes, belts and jackets or removing liquids or laptops from their carry-on. >>> in "the new york times," the next call to the bull pen may most likely be from a cell phone. as part of a new sponsorship deal with t-mobile. stadiums will begin to disconnect the land lines that have been around for decades and exchange them with smartphones. >> no. >>
president hamid karzai is in town. he's going to be discussing the u.s. role in afghanistan post-2014. the u.s. or at least the white house is signaling it wants out of afghanistan and the white house disclosing a zero option. that is withdrawal or bust as a negotiating tactic. that's what this is. while troop levels aren't formally on the menu, the scope and size of the post-2014 force will be the focus of this trip by karzai and includes he's got meetings at the state department, and the pentagon. then with president obama on friday. security is tight. karzai hasn't been caught on camera yet. this green tarp blocked any view of the walkway to blair house where karzai will stay during his visit. the assumption is that the afghan president who's political power and life really have depended on the u.s., that he probably wants a bigger u.s. footprint in afghanistan than he'll ever say because of his own domestic political reality. asked yesterday on a conference call previewing the visit whether it's possible there will be zero u.s. troops on the ground after 2014, deputy national security ad
, a possibility, something they're looking at but clearly they're signaling to afghan president hamid karzai that the days of tens of thousands of u.s. troops in afghanistan, we have 66,000 there now, are coming to an end. >> the u.s. does not have, again, an inherent objective of x number of troops in afghanistan. we have an objective of making sure there is no safe haven for al qaeda within afghanistan and making sure that the afghan government has a security force that is sufficient again to insure the stability of the afghan government and the denial of that safe haven. >> reporter: sources tell fox that the white house is looking at troop levels below 10,000 by the end of 2014. just a year ago there was talk it would be more in the 10,000 to 30,000 troop range but that apparently has changed significantly. presidents obama and karzai will meet on friday to discuss this and other issues including the thorny issue for legal immunity for any u.s. troops that do remain behind. karzai is resisting that idea. president obama is pushing for it. martha? martha: raises so many questions, molly a
today afghanistan's president hamid karzai met with president obama. he will be speaking at georgetown university at 5:30 eastern time. both leaders talked about what lies ahead after u.s. troops withdrawal from afghanistan in 2014. you can watch the joint press conference online at the c-span library. we'll have president karzai's remark live on c-span at 5:30 eastern. vice president biden is meeting with the video game industry. he met yesterday with the n.r.a. and gun retailers. on wednesday, he met with victims of gun violence. the vice president says he will have recommendations to pass on to the president next week. earlier today, at the pentagon the secretary of the air force michael donley talked to reporters. he was joined by air force chief of staff general mark welsh and this is 45 minutes. >> good morning, all. thanks for being here. the chief and i thought this would be a valuable opportunity to begin the new year by sitting down with you to discuss the state of our air force and the issues and challenges we expect to address in the year ahead and beyond. to start i would
-span at 5:30 eastern. president hamid karzai will be at georgetown university talking about relations between afghanistan and the u.s.. c-span will have coverage of that starting at 5:30 eastern. >> you could read the president's. unlike anyone else. he came as close as anyone to gaining admittance into what wrap it sure would called roosevelt's heavily forested interior. unlike mrs. roosevelt, he knew when to be still in the presence of the president, when to press him, when to back off and tell a joke. after he won the election, wendell willkie, who he'd be, within his office and they remained friends. wendell willkie said the president why do you keep that man so close to you? that man being hopkins. wendell willkie did not like hopkins and roosevelt said you may be in this office some day and you will understand but he asks for nothing except to serve me. >> trusted adviser, friend and confidant to fdr, harry hopkins lived in the roosevelt white house for a 3-1/2 years. david roll on the hopkins touch sunday at 10:00 p.m. eastern on booktv on c-span2. the election assistance commi
. it is a privilege to welcome back to georgetown the president of afghanistan hamid karzai. we look forward to hearing his remark on afghanistan beyond 2014, a perspective on afghan- u.s. relations. 2014 will be an historic year for afghanistan as it will witness elections across the country and the end of u.s. and is combat operations. as president obama, secretary of state clinton and many of this room have emphasized this transition provides us with the opportunity for diplomatic and cultural relations between our peoples. at georgetown, we are proud to be a part of this critical work notably through the u.s. afghan women's council. the council is a public private partnership that has been housed here at the university since 2008. it was founded in 2002 by president karzai and president bush in support of afghan women and children. it's focused its work of areas of education, health, economic empowerment, leadership development, and humanitarian assistance. since its founding the council has created call leadership,-- scholarships, ski provided skills training, literacy and health care,
with hamid karzai on friday as well. >>> let's take a moment to talk about "end point" before we run out of time. wrap up the day for me. >> i have a good one. >> okay, start. he's got nothing. >> the president announcing cia director will be john brennan today. that's coming out at 1:00. they clearly leaked that announcement to take the heat off the chuck hagel kerfuffle. in washington, no one's talking about it, though. they're talking about rg3. >> do you think it's going to happen for chuck hagel? >> yes, i do. it's going to be a spirited confirmation process, but i think it will happen. >> cnn newsroom with carol costello begins now. we'll see everyone else back here tomorrow morning. sorry. next time, charles. good morning, carol. >> good morning. thanks a lot. >>> here's what's happening in the newsroom. a war hero and washington politics. former senator chuck hagel may need the war survival skills as one-time allies rally against his pending nomination as defense secretary. >> my wife is a hero. she protected her kids. she did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepare
days before hamid karzai is set to meet with president obama at the white house. former chair of the house foreign affairs committee, ileana ros-lehtinen joins us to talk about what to expect from the talks. thanks for joining us. good to see you. >> thanks for the invitation. >> what do you expect to come from the talks? >> i hope not only talk about how many forces will stay in country but some of the ongoing systemic problems in afghanistan. primarily number one corruption. that has been an ongoing problem with the karzai government from day one and also the iranian influence. karzai could be seen now as a conduit in afghanistan as a financial center for are iran to use afghanistan in order to circumvent financial international sanctions and karzai's attemp attempt to cozo the taliban and his attempt at reconciliation could liberate extremist militants that could pose a dangerous threat to u.s. forces there and our nato allies. so there are many unanswered questions that i hope go far beyond how many troops are there. right now we have about 65,000. will we go to 10, 20? ho
. some analysts say it could be a negotiating ploy ahead of hamid karzai's visit to washington tomorrow. -- on friday. >>> and the boeing 787 dreamliner flight had to be canceled because of a reported brake problem. this is the third mishap in three days. tuesday, a fuel leak was spotted minutes before takeoff in boston. monday, an electrical fire broke out on yet another 787 that had just landed. >>> take a look at this terrifying scene in australia. a family, including five children, had to race into the water and cling to a dock for hours to escape this massive wildfire that tore through their neighborhood. trapped by a wall of flames. look at that. they treaded in water up to their chins for three hours. >> we saw tornadoes of fire. just coming across towards us. and the next thing we knew, everything was on fire. >> the grandfather eventually found a small boat. thankfully here, you can see everyone made it out okay. record heat fueling wildfires across the country. they hope it subsides today. wildfires in that country, though, no more destructive. >> thank you. >>> we have a big
with hamid karzai late tomorrow in fact. the attack in benghazi reportedly a driving factor in the ultimate decision in how large of a force to leave behind. john bolton, former ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor. welcome back. what do you make of this? how do you put this together? >> i think it has got our priorities backwards. if taliban takes control again in afghanistan, we won't have to worry about protecting drone bases or diplomats because we won't be there at all. and i think this is part of the unreality of the obama administration's approach there. the low troop numbers that they're contemplating, that they will be discussing with president karzai will not be any where near sufficient to accomplish our strategic objective, america's strategic objective which is defeating the taliban. and i think we're --. bill: it is fascinating. i apologize for the interruption how the events in benghazi are now shaping our foreign policy whether this administration wants to admit it or not. >> well that perhaps is the small glimmer of good news that they recognize that benghazi was
have the president of the united states and hamid karzai airing live at 1:00. >> sounds like an easy booking right there. andrea mitchell, thank you so much. >>> next, "the new york times'" gail collins joins us on set. keep it right here on "morning joe." ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ >>> president obama will nominate his chief of staff over at the white house, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary. >> it's going to be his signature, right, on the bottom of all our currency. it will look something like this. >> that -- that's your signature? or are you just testing to see if the pen works? hey, lew, here's a tip. stop signing all your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. the only way that you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boing! >> he does have a funny signature. welcome back to "morning joe." richard wolffe and donny deutsc
about the benghazi hearings. also, hamid karzai, the afghan president, is said to meet with president obama friday, the first meeting since president obama won reelection in november. a previous next from this "washington journal" of that visit, and of the u.s. military presence in afghanistan. host: we want to welcome to our table retired lieutenant colonel john nagl talking about u.s.- afghanistan relations and the president of afghanistan coming to washington, meeting with the president on friday. why is he coming to washington and what is on the agenda? guest: we are in a very important. in the u.s.-afghanistan in relationship. we are thinking about the long- term relationship of the united states and afghanistan and what that is. to be cured by the end of 2014, the american combat role in afghanistan will come to an end. afghanistan will continue to need american economic and development help for probably at least a decade to come, probably much longer. president karzai is here to talk to president obama about what the nature and shape of that relationship will be over the long t
conference between president obama and president hamid karzai of afghanistan prepared -- of afghanistan. you can see it on c-span as well as listen to it on c-span radio or watch c-span.org for more information. the new -- specifically looking at the guantanamo bay detention center. it is the 11th anniversary of the center. today, the new america foundation will host a discussion taking a look and taking a look at the future of those there. it will start momentarily. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> welcome to the new america foundation. it is the 11th anniversary of the opening of guantanamo. we have an exceptionally well- informed, to talk about that. we have pretty much the same group, exactly the same group speaking in this room one year ago. i asked and the worthington how many people have been released since the event one year ago and the answer is four there is still 166 detainee's at guantanamo the question that this panel -- the big question is -- is the obama administration moving towards a policy of
president hamid karzai is in washington this week to meet with the president and other senior officials. this is an hour and a half. i am delighted to have you all. distinguished guests. it is pretty rare to get three extraordinary ambassador sitting next to one another. each has tremendous familiarity with the subject. the council has been working on these issues for a number of years. this is the fourth anniversary of our south asia center. some of you may remember a few years ago the council did a substantial report with respect to afghanistan. the then-head of the council became the national security adviser, jim jones. we followed up on the work continuously over the last several years. this is the latest installment, if you will. i think you all know we are at an inflection point, with respect to afghanistan. a lot of important decisions coming. president karzai is here to meet with president obama on friday. what is said here, i am sure, will shape the contours of that meeting. we have ambassador james dobbins, who was our u.s. ambassador to afghanistan, among many other things.
in on the meetings that president obama is having can hamid karzai this afternoon. and he'll be meeting with members of the video industry. the nra meeting yet didn't go so well. the nra left displeased at best. they said it was more about demonizing the second amendment than keeping kids safe. so what did the nra want to talk about? not guns just like they did right after the shooting at nowtown the lobby wanted to talk about school safety, mental health, the collapse of our legal system anything but guns. vice president biden's meeting with the entertainment administration went better. they discussed the ways in which they already police themselves and give parents the tools to protect children from inappropriate or too violent content. there is nothing in place where they intend to trample on anyone's first amendment rights. "politico" pointed out the internet has changed the way kids can access content. a kid may not be able to see a trailer that is inappropriate, but they have access on the internet. again, here is where parents probably come into play. we're b
. president obama meets hamid karzai at the white house on friday. >> we'll hear more with karzai's meeting with obama. >>> the "l.a. times" says last year was the hottest year on record. the average temperature 55.3 degrees, that is 3.3 degrees higher than the average temperature for the 20th century. >>> the "wall street journal" says the 11th hour deal to avoid the fiscal cliff will delay tax refunds for millions of people. the irs will not begin the main tax filing season until january 30th, about a week later than scheduled. >>> and "the washington post" says redskins quarterback robert griffin iii will have knee surgery in the coming days. you may recall the controversy on sunday as griffin played hurt in a redskins playoff game leaving injured in the fourth quarter. griffin has at least one torn knee ligament the injury might keep him sidelined at the start of next season. >>> and "usa today" reports major league baseball dugouts are finally going wireless. t-mobile is creating an on-field communication system, it will do away with the old dugout phones that >>>
of the office of management and budget. >>> afghanistan's president, hamid karzai, will receive full military honors when he visits the pentagon this morning for a meeting with defense secretary leon panetta. he is expected they will -- or it's expected that they will discuss the american troop situation in afghanistan after the nato combat mission officially ends next year. tomorrow karzai meets with president obama. >>> all right, so it won't take long to cover the entire list of new inductees to baseball's hall of fame because there are none. one of the big reasons, of course, the steroid era. baseball writers voted to keep roger clemens, barry bonds and sammy sosa out of the hall of fame for now. i think the biggest injustice was to craig biggio. he came the closest. i think next year he'll get in. >>> check out this fan during last night's college basketball game. look, he shoved unlv guard anthony marshall after he stepped out of bounds chasing a loose ball. fortunately the ref was able to restrain marshall and the fan was escorted out of the building. >> not a good idea to shove the pl
hamid karzai requests them to stick around. the news comes days before president obama is set to meet with mr. karzai. is lance armstrong about to come clean about doping? he's given a tell-all interview to oprah winfrey. he's always denied it. the oprah show airs january 17. >>gretchen: here's a big mystery. one day he was jumping for joy, the winner of a one million-dollar lottery prize. by the following month urooj khan was dead. now authorities believe his death was no accident, once classified as natural causes, cardiac, something or another. now it appears he was poisoned, a lethal dose of cyanide in his blood. did his winning lead to murder. they did not do an autopsy, 46 years old. why? >> i think it should have been done. a young person, 46, with no past history of any kind of illness, generally an autopsy would be done. they did draw blood and gave the body back to the family. the body is buried now and is going to be he can -- is going to be exhumed. the toxicologist didn'tor cyani. when somebody told them there would be an issue, they went back to the specimen of blood alr
. president obama meets with afghan president hamid karzai on friday. >>> prosecutors are winding down their case in the preliminary hearing for accused aurora, colorado, movie theater shooter james holmes. on tuesday detectives testified holmes spent more than two months assembling the arsenal used in last july's shooting rampage that killed 12 people and wounded dozens more. witnesses described the booby trap system rigged in his apartment and said he showed bizarre behavior after his arrest, playing with paper bags placed on his hands to preserve gunpowder evidence as though they were puppets. the hearing will determine whether holmes will stand trial. his lawyers have said he is mentally ill. >>> washington's national cathedral will soon perform same-sex marriages. the cathedral's dean calls the move the next step for marriage equality. that new policy is being announced today. >>> governmentorecasters say last year was america's hottest year on record. for the entire year the average temperature was 55.3 degree, that's a full degree warmer than the old record setback in 1998. at t
. this afternoon to take you to a press brief big the president and afghan president hamid karzai and it is how many troops will remain in afghanistan next year when the president has said that the war will be officially over. the u.s. troop withdrawal will occur and that is why we wanted to bring you the event live. right now there are 66,000 forces in afghanistan and so many questions about what the country will look like after the united states leaves since the war began more than 2,000 american service members have lost their lives and another 18,000 have been wounded. karzai's often been critical of the united states, but he wants forces to remain. he was at the pentagon yesterday meeting with leon panetta and met with with secretary clinton last night. u.s. officials are talking about a zero option after next year with no forces remaining behind in afghanistan. that is an area of concern for president karzai, because he would like a more robust force to help with the training of afghan forces there. kristen welker is at the white house at the east room awaiting the two leaders. kristen, w
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